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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ouachita County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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W. K. Ramsey, cashier of the Ouachita Valley Bank, and insurance agent of Camden, Ark., is a native of Wilcox County, Ala., born June 18, 1843, being a son of Rev. A. C. and Elizabeth A. (Wardlaw) Ramsey, the father a native of Georgia, and the mother of South Carolina. The former is now residing in Wilcox County, Ala., aged eighty-three years, but the mother died in 1854. They have had a family of seven children born to them, of whom five are now living. Rev. A. C. Ramsey was a pioneer Methodist minister, and at one time had a circuit which took three months to make. W. K. Ramsey was educated in the University of Alabama, but his books were laid aside on the opening of the war, and he became a member of the Mobile Cadets, Company A, Third Alabama Regiment, and served faithfully the cause he espoused until the close. He was slightly wounded four times and still carries a ball in his thigh, and during his term of service he was a participant in many of the principal engagements under Gens. R. E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Upon his return home, in November, 1865, he followed book-keeping for some time, and in 1874 became deputy clerk of the county, in which capacity he served four years. In 1878 he was elected to the position of county clerk, serving six years. He was appointed register of the United States land office by President Cleveland, a position he held four years, and at the expiration of his term as register he organized the Ouachita Valley Bank, and was elected cashier. This is doing a prosperous business at Camden, Ark. Mr. Ramsey is the present commissioner in building the new court-house which is to be completed by July 1, 1890. It is a beautiful structure and the leaders deserve much credit for their enterprise. He has always been deeply interested in secret organizations, and has filled all the chairs in the Masonic fraternity, and has been grand high priest of the State, and is at present Deputy Grand Master and Grand Commander in the Commandery; he also belongs to the K. of H., R. A. and A. L. of H. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is now serving as city alderman. He was married in 1869, to Miss Mary Vickers, of Kentucky, by whom he became the father of four children: Marion, Anna, A. C. Jr., and Carlton. He married his present wife in 1884, she being a Mrs. Stanley. They have two children: W. K., Jr., and Margaret. Politically he is intensely Democratic, and never misses an opportunity to advance the interest of his party.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ouachita County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Ouachita County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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